Pownal Elementary School

Welcome to the new school year!

If you need a copy of the 2014-15 school calendar, you can pick one up in the office or click on this link.

The following dates are no school days for Pownal School:
October 10 - this is a Professional Learning Day for staff, so the students have no school
October 13 - this is Columbus Day Holiday, so there is no school for anyone

PES Notices
PES Notices are a regular communication tool. If you are not able to access email, please let the office know so we can send paper copies home with your child.

Parent Conferences
Fall Parent Conference dates are October 21st and October 23rd. Watch for sign-up sheets to come home to choose your desired times with your child(ren)'s teacher(s). These are important times for you to see just how your child is doing with the beginning of a new school year and what you can do to continue a successful year for him/her. The times are 3:15 to 7:15 PM on both dates. If you have questions, feel free to e-mail your child's teacher.

Requests from the Bus Drivers
With the start of a new school year, we need to remind students and parents that there is no eating on any bus! Some students are bringing what might be breakfast foods when boarding the bus in the mornings. Since there are several children who have severe food allergies, we cannot take any chances on having foods, crumbs or packaging from foods on the bus where an allergic child may come in contact with it. All of us are hurrying in the mornings but a few extra minutes to complete breakfast at home might help avoid a medical emergency. Thanks for your help with this.

It's Hannaford Dollars Time
You will find a flyer with the last newsletter from Hannaford showing you many of the items that, when purchased, will give you Hannaford Dollars. This is a coupon that you will get with your regular sales receipt. Either return it to the office at school or drop it in the box at the Yarmouth Hannaford store that will be marked Pownal School. It should be near the customer service counter. Make sure if you return it that you put it in the Pownal School box. This promotion runs from August 30th through December 6th. It's great to see how much money can be earned through this and, again, it goes right back to great things for our STUDENTS!

Visual Arts GaTES Identification
This is the second year of Visual Arts GaTES Identification and the first year for Music GaTES Identification. If you are interested in referring your child or a student, please fill out the nomination forms that can be found on our GaTES website. The recommendation forms are due NO LATER THAN November 21st (the Friday before Thanksgiving).
Thank you,
Sarah Templeton

Mad Science
October 20th will be the last week for Mad Science for this session. The students seemed to really have a fun time with robotics. As always, Mad Science brings lots of laughter and fun. The next session begins on October 27th and is called "Take a Bite Out of Science." See the flyer that was attached to the 10/9 newsletter and sign up ASAP. We need at least 12 students to make this happen.


Fall Track
Our next meet will be October 15th at Harpswell at 4 PM. The championship will be on Saturday, October 18th at Twin Brooks in Cumberland at 1 PM. This is a huge meet with all the participating schools so please try to attend. Parking fills up very quickly so try to get there early. Remember, PES does not provide transportation to this event. If you want to attend only selected reaces, this is the breakdown:

Girls Races
1 PM Girls Walkthrough
1:30 Girls 1/2 Mile Race
1:45 Girls 3/4 Mile Race
2PM Girls 1 Mile Race

Boys Races
2:30 Boys Walkthrough
3PM Boys 1/2 Mile Race
3:15 Boys 3/4 Mile Race
3:30 Boys 1 Mile Race

Grade 5 Swim Sessions are Nearly Over
The last session will be October 16th. Please help your son/daughter to remember their towes, suits and swim cap (if required).


Mark your calendars for the following IMPACT sponsored events:

10/19 - Trail Monster Ultra Run Event
PES is the host for this event. It is our largest fundraiser of the year! We provide meals for the athletes during and after the event. Look for the food sign-up sheet the week before!

More information will be coming on future fundraising and fun events, Nutcracker Performance, Citrus Sales and more. Please read the Updates from the IMPACT meeting just held on October 7th, 2014 that were attached to the 10/9 Panther Press.

Impact meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 PM. This is a new time so mark your calendars. Keep watching for information and events that IMPACT will be doing this new school year and try to attend the meetings so you can be a part of the activities at PES!

Just some reminders:

If you shop at amazon.com and use the amazon link on the pes.rsu5.org web page, Impact will receive 10% of your purchase price. Bookmark this link to make it easier!

Clynk bags are available in the office for your Maine returnables.

Boxtops for Education” - We continue to collect Boxtops from General Mills products. As you save them, you can just drop them off at the office.The money earned from these boxtops go towards extra classroom needs, student rewards and other school-wide items.

Amazon.com Fundraiser :  If you are shopping online at Amazon,com. this season,  please go to the Pownal School website first and click on the link to Amazon.com.  When you do this, Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to our school.  It's an easy fundraiser for our school if you're shopping anyway.  Bookmark the site as a favorite and you can skip the stop of going to the school website first.  Thanks

Looking for a new book to read ?  Bring in a book you've recently read to swap for a new-to-you book!  There is a bookcase in the computer lab where you can leave your book and choose a new book to read.  This is ongoing so feel free to bring in books at any time and help yourself to a new one.  Please only bring in books that are suitable for ages 5 – 12 (no board books or similar infant books)

Toner Cartridge Recycling Drop off your used toner and ink cartridges on the printer table in the computer lab. These get taken to Staples for recycling, and we get $2 credit for each one returned.